Dine Outside: Al Fresco Feasts in White Rock

By Lenee Son

When the temperatures are warm, that’s your cue to take your dining experience outdoors. And what better place to dine al fresco than White Rock? Bordering the Semiahmoo Bay, White Rock is a stunning seaside city with a sandy beach that stretches eight kilometres across the city. From the oceanfront promenade to the grassy open spaces, there are plenty of places on White Rock beach to enjoy a bite to eat and the fresh, open air.

For a Romantic Stroll:

 
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Cool off from the summer heat by dipping your toes in the water and walking along the shore. Away from the crowds, the shoreline is the perfect place to share an intimate conversation with a partner. Enjoy your peaceful walk and appreciate the slower pace of life with light eats like a flaky Jamaican patty or savoury Johnny cakes from PG’s Jamaican Takeout.

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Take your pick from chicken, beef, or vegetarian Jamaican patties.

PG’s Jamaican Takeout
1387 Johnston Rd, White Rock, BC V4B 3Z3
Phone: (604) 541-7289

An Outdoor Feast:

 
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Indulge in an outdoor feast on the sandy beach. Grab take-out from one of White Rock’s award winning restaurants such as ONYX Steakhouse. Voted BC’s best steakhouse, ONYX has exquisite eats to choose from. The One + Only Steak sandwich, made with forty-day aged 6oz NY striploin, caramelized onions, mushrooms, an onion ring, and a garlic toasted baguette, is perfect to get to-go. Then lay out a blanket on the sand, turn on some great tunes, and enjoy!

ONYX Steakhouse
1225 Johnston Road, White Rock, BC V3H 5N1
Phone: (604) 542-0334

A Family Picnic:

 
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Set up a family picnic nearby White Rock’s namesake. The large white rock, significant in the narratives of local Coast Salish First Nations peoples, is a favourite among children to play and climb upon. Pick up authentic Sicilian pizza from Emilio Finatti’s for both a kid-approved lunch. The kids will find it hard to say no to pizza and the organic and premium house ingredients will satisfy health-conscious parents.

Emilio Finatti’s
15223 Pacific Ave, White Rock, BC V4B 1P8
Phone: (604) 542-2522

An Evening with Friends:

 
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Sit back, relax, and watch the Westcoast sunset from the grass by the pier. This is the perfect place to set up a blanket and pillows with friends, good vibes, and good food. Share conversation and laughs over takeout from The Wooden Spoon Co. Try the Spoon Burger, a delicious beef and pork burger served with maple bacon, aged cheddar, arugula, pickles, tomato jam, a crispy onion ring, and smoky garlic aioli.

The Wooden Spoon Co.
15171 Russell Ave, White Rock, BC V4B 3Z4
Phone: (604) 560-6018

An Summer Walk:

 
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A trip to White Rock beach isn’t complete without a walk on the pier. Grab some delicious finger food from Little India Restaurant. The paneer pakora (cheese fritters), pakora (vegetable and chick pea fritters), and samosas (fried triangular patties filled with potatoes and peas) are all delectable choices to choose from to snack on the pier.

Little India Restaurant
15081 Marine Dr, White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
Phone: (604) 542-2038

Ice Cream:

 
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What beach adventure is complete without a stop at the ice cream parlour? Enjoy a generous helping of smooth ice cream from Cones Creamery, where the ice cream is made from scratch and quality ingredients. Choose from eclectic flavours like London fog latté or caramel apple then head down to the shore. Plenty of logs are scattered throughout the beach. Choose the comfiest one and sit down to enjoy your ice cold treat and the spectacular view.

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Cones Creamery
14961 Marine Dr, White Rock, BC V4B 1C3
Phone: (604) 536-7644